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Arkansas junior RB Rawleigh Williams III was carted off the field during Saturday's spring game with what the program is calling a "stinger."

After being carted off the field during Saturday's spring game, Williams was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. Addressing the injury, Arkansas HC Bret Bielema said, "We’ll evaluate what the medical people tell us and then we’ll have a conversation together and only do what’s right for Rawleigh." Bielema indicated that this scare with Williams "seems to be unrelated" to the 2015 neck surgery which sidelined the 5-foot-10, 205-pounder in the autumn of that year. Williams rushed for 1,326 yards and 12 touchdowns during the past campaign. Given the recency of this newest spring injury, a timetable for Williams' return to football activities has not yet been laid out.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 30 - 3:28 PM

Lions selected Arkansas DE Jeremiah Ledbetter with the No. 205 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Ledbetter (6’3/280) spent two years at Arkansas after transferring from JUCO, tallying 15 career tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks as a 25-game starter. He measured in with long arms (34 ¼") at the Combine and tested well, running 4.84 and pumping 29 bench-press reps. Ledbetter’s size limitation will work against his chances of becoming an every-down NFL defensive lineman, but he offers potential as a rotational presence.
Apr 29 - 4:52 PM

Redskins selected Arkansas TE Jeremy Sprinkle with the No. 154 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Sprinkle (6’5/252) shared time with Hunter Henry before emerging as a full-time player in 2016, posting a 33/380/4 (11.5 YPR) receiving line as an 11-game starter. PFF College charted Sprinkle with only five drops among 72 catchable targets over his final three seasons. Lost in the shuffle in this loaded tight end class, Sprinkle has long arms (34 ½"), huge (10 3/4"), soft hands, and respectable 4.69 speed, and was one of the top pass-blocking tight ends in college football. Sprinkle also offers special teams experience, which will be his ticket to an NFL roster spot initially. Long term, he could become a Ryan Griffin-type No. 2 tight end.
Apr 29 - 2:31 PM

Patriots selected Arkansas DL Deatrich Wise with the No. 131 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Wise (6’5/274) started only 10-of-50 games in his college career, tallying 23 tackles for loss with 16.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. While not a decorated college player, Wise produced at an above-average level in his opportunities and showed NFL-level athleticism with a 4.93 forty time and explosive 10-foot-5 broad jump. Wise also has vine-like, 35 5/8-inch arms and big hands (10 ½"). Wise’s tools are indicative of a classic five-technique defensive end.
Apr 29 - 1:28 PM

Arkansas WR Keon Hatcher, Arkansas WR Cody Hollister and Wyoming TE Jacob Hollister are working out for NFL scouts on Monday.

Hatcher (hamstring) and Cody Hollister (toe) were both unable to perform on pro day due to injuries, while the NFL has cleared Jacob Hollister for this Arkansas workout due to the fact that he registered his hometown as Fayetteville for the purposes of workouts. All three prospects are possibilities for late on Day 3/undrafted free agency.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 12:39 PM

Arkansas WRs Cody Hollister and Keon Hatcher and Wyoming TE Jacob Hollister are conducting a workout for NFL scouts on Monday morning in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Razorback receivers, Cody Hollister (toe surgery) and Hatcher (hamstring), were unable to participate in Arkansas' pro day due to injury. Jacob Hollister, Cody's brother, was given permission by the NFL to take part in the workout. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes it's "likely" that all three get taken on Day 3 (Round 4-7).
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 1:00 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Arkansas TE Jeremy Sprinkle to Dolphins TE Julius Thomas.

"Sprinkle, like Thomas, hasn’t displayed the lateral strength to maintain ground when run-blocking," writes the outlet, adding that "[b]oth provide adequate technique in pass protection and can be a reasonably dangerous red-zone weapon with above-average ability at quarterback." Not everybody is down on the 6-foot-5, 252-pounder's blocking prowess, though, with an NFC South regional scout forwarding the belief earlier in the evaluating process that Sprinkle is more adept at blocking than fellow TE Jake Butt, who figures to land several rounds ahead of Sprinkle in the draft.
Apr 20 - 6:50 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Arkansas WR Drew Morgan to Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews.

"While Matthews has a bigger frame than Morgan, they’re both 6-foot with below-average speed and solid change-of-direction skills," notes the PFF analysis team. The speed concerns here are legit, as the 6-foot, 190-pounder slogged through the 40-yard dash in 4.74 seconds at the Combine, then bumped that number to a still-disappointing 4.63 seconds on pro day. PFF also has concerns about Morgan's "upright running style," writing that "[h]e gets pushed around both at the line and in his routes because of how straight up he is, and it’s a big reason he can’t win contested catches." A seventh-round selection is about the best he can hope for come the draft.
Apr 18 - 8:10 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Arkansas WR Keon Hatcher to Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker.

"Parker was and is still more of an athlete than Hatcher is, and the better overall player, but there are some similarities," the outlet notes. "Parker has great hands and good quickness, even if he doesn’t have top end speed." On the note of top-end speed, the 6-foot-1, 212-pound Hatcher was clocked at a relatively sluggish 4.64s in the 40-yard dash at the Combine. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein has comped the Arkansas product to Jaelen Strong.
Apr 11 - 5:21 PM

An NFC South regional scout believes that Arkansas TE Jeremy Sprinkle is a better blocker than Michigan TE Jake Butt.

Butt will almost certainly be drafted ahead of Sprinkle, but the NFC South scout in question doesn't see their pro potentials as a cut-and-dried matter. "I think Sprinkle is a much better blocker and he's got more of an NFL body type," the evaluator said of the 6-foot-5, 252 pounder. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein writes that Sprinkle "should be a safe pick and quality starter in the league." During his final season at Arkansas, the tight end logged a 33-380-4 receiving line.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 4:33 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Arkansas WR Keon Hatcher to Jaelen Strong.

"He's not the fastest receiver and his routes don't do their job often enough. With that said, Hatcher has something to him," Zierlein wrote. "He plays with good balance and strength in his routes and flashes elevated focus when finishing catches in traffic." The 6-foot-1, 212-pound Hatcher caught 44 passes for 743 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He's competing to hear his name called on Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 28 - 12:41 PM

An NFC area scout indicated that Arkansas LB Brooks Ellis is a camp body only.

"You like so much of what you see, but once you see him open up and run, it just becomes hard to put a draftable grade on him," the scout said. "He's a camp body in my opinion, but I think he's a good college player." Ellis led the Razorbacks with 102 tackles in 2015 and did so again last season with 83 (and seven TFL). NFL Media's Lance Zierlein was slightly more optimistic about the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Ellis' prospects than the scout: "He's smart, instinctive, productive and technically sound," Zierlein wrote. "Back end of the roster might be the best he can hope for due to his lack of recovery ability and raw athleticism."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 1:01 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt writes that Arkansas WR Drew Morgan "caught the ball very well in the receiver drills [on pro day]."

In addition to his fine work in drills, Morgan also improved on his Combine 40 time -- he recorded a slug-like mark of 4.74 seconds in Indianapolis. While his pro day runs of 4.65 seconds and 4.63 seconds did not exactly break the speed of light, they stand as improvements nonetheless. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegs him with a seventh-round grade. His margin for error between a selection and undrafted free agency is pretty thin.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 9:15 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema said that junior CB Britto Tutt (knee) is at or near 90% health.

Tutt missed the 2016 season due to a torn ACL. Bielema indicated that the 6-foot-2, 177-pound junior will participate in spring practice, with contact scrimmage an outside possibility. Arkansas boots up spring practice on March 28.
Mar 16 - 8:18 PM

Arkansas WR Keon Hatcher was unable to work out during Wednesday's pro day due to what NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt termed a "lingering hamstring injury."

Hatcher did run the 40-yard dash (in 4.64 seconds) and take part in the bench press (16 reps) at the NFL Scouting Combine, but this hamstring ailment scuttled him from padding out his testing results. The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder caught 44 passes for 743 yards and eight touchdowns this past season. He will likely join the UDFA ranks following the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 7:33 PM


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